This former director of the Penitentiary System, who will rule Guatemala from 2020 to 2024, must decide his stance quickly on the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA), for it turns Guatemala into a buffer zone to reduce asylum applications.
During the 2019 presidential campaign, Giammattei stood out as a far-right politician who vowed to return the death penalty as a solution to everyday insecurity.
"We will bring back the peace that this country needs," he reaffirmed on Monday, promising to restructure the ministries related to security management.
Giammattei will rule in a country overwhelmed by poverty. Currently, 61 percent of Guatemalans experience poverty and 20 percent of them live in extreme poverty.
Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter sought refuge in the U.S.
He was detained. His daughter was flown to a foster home in NY.